Welcome to our glorious little apartment we just moved out of! We called this space home for a year and are now in between spaces while we start renovating our very first home of our own! I wanted to highlight this little sanctuary and spotlight some of the belongings that contributed to the creative oasis that I so loved to bring work to life in.
So our apartment was a one bedroom, one bathroom in a tall building with a balcony. The living/kitchen/art studio was all in the same room. When we were apartment hunting, I looked for open space, white walls, and big windows that face the south for maximum amounts of light. I loved having a white wall to photograph artwork on. Having my painting desk in front of the window allowed for perfect natural lighting, to see the true nature of my paint colours. We thrifted much of our furniture and decor from local second hand shops and Kijiji.
Organization was key. I tried to keep as much as possible inside drawers and only displayed things that brought me joy. I’m a nature girl, so having lots of plants helped to keep the air pure and brought a sense of the outdoors in. My go to’s for finding these babies were Kent in Bayers Lake, as well as the Briar Patch and Glad Gardens in the Annapolis Valley. The hanging philodendron has grown so much over the past year and I’ve even started propagating it to create more plants! Super easy - cut a piece, put it in water and watch the roots grow!
Next, my studio assistant of course! Our baby girl, Kitty. She’s a fantastic purr machine whom I love to be distracted by. We just adopted a second sweet lil girly, Daisy. I don’t think she was born yet at the time we took these photos!
Next I loved having my planner from Craftsposure. It’s specific to maker entrepreneurs and really helps keep my brain sorted. 10/10 recommend! And then, coffee. Tea. Matcha. All the hot beverages were on the go 100% of all time. We love our hot drinks! Helps me get cozy and warm, and brings me a little moment of peace and joy before I get into the creative zone.
Bringing me to my next “must have” for a successful studio work day, which is yummy scents! I love my local candle gals, Foxhound Collection and TNT candles. We also love a good diffuser blend. So much. Earl grey, lavender, and evergreen scents are among my favourites. I love having the work of other makers in my home, as it inspires me to start creating too. The pretty pink mug was handmade by local maker, Jaw Pottery.
Basically, anything that sparks a little bit of joy is so good to have in a creative space. I like my home to be sprinkled with pretty crystals and minerals that reflect light beautifully. Anything earthy such as wooden frames, or clay pots. Even those cute gold rimmed paint brushes are a nice touch that make me smile. A good tune, and a pal to paint with are also extra wonderful.
I hope this inspired you to put a little care into your creative space! I do want to disclaim that not always does my space look like this! We all have our chaotic, messy points in our life, but I do strive to keep the space clear and in turn that helps my mental state stay clear and focused for creativity. I think it’s important to be mindful of what you allow in your home, and turn away things that are unnecessary or that don’t bring you joy.
So there we have it! A little look at the first apartment I came to truly love. It was bittersweet to say goodbye, but I’m pretty darn excited work on my new studio space over the winter. If you saw some artwork that you would like to bring into your home, you can click here to shop my prints! And hey, if you’de like to see an overview of what my favourite products I use for actually creating my work, do let me know!